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Ann LoGerfo, Directing Attorney, Basic Human Needs Project

The Seattle Times Editorial Board published an editorial earlier this month, Fences are necessary in homelessness humanitarian crisis, extolling the virtues of using spiked fences (see the photo) to block people without homes from finding some shelter in Seattle's rainy winter.

We disagree. Ann LoGerfo, directing attorney with our Basic Human Needs Project, submitted a letter-to-the-editor in response to the editorial, but... More

Alyssa Garcia and Rita Kutsin, Economic Justice Project Law Clerks

At a time when the terms “affordability,” “gentrification,” and “housing crisis” have become commonplace language for Seattle residents, the urgency to fix our broken rental inspection program could not be more timely. Seattle city leaders are carefully balancing the impacts of rapid economic and population growth spurred by newer, wealthier residents moving into the city, while maintaining the rich diversity and livability for longtime residents. Columbia Legal Services (CLS) has been instrumental in ensuring that the voices of marginalized communities are centered in this conversation.... More

Merf Ehman, Executive Director

We at Columbia Legal Services reveal and end harm to form a more just and inclusive society. We denounce white supremacy in all its forms. It has no place in our society. White supremacy and violence is not new. We abhor the further unleashing of it at the events in Charlottesville and across the nation.

Although by no means a new phenomenon, racialized violence and increased suffering have taken an even greater hold under a federal administration which fosters and condones the targeting and terrorizing of people of color through devaluing, dehumanization, and criminalization.

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